Bad comedians are easily spotted because of the tomato stains on their shirts and their ability to translate cricket chirps into flawless English. Avoid such telltale traits with this GrouponLive deal to Philadelphia Comedy Academy. For $75, you get a four-hour Comedy A Through Z workshop instructed by Brad Trackman at Helium Comedy Club (a $150 value). Workshops run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. Choose between the following dates:
- Saturday, October 27
- Sunday, October 28
Equipped with 20 years of teaching and performing experience, including appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Comedy Central, and an ongoing workshop, the Philadelphia Comedy Academy, veteran jester Brad Trackman teaches budding comics and other performers the ins and outs of standup during his information-packed workshop. Throughout the four-hour laugh lesson, Comedy A through Z, protégés learn how to create and write for a performance persona, carving out an approach that is both unique to their strengths and resilient when dealing with humorless crowds of scarecrows. As Brad covers such basic essentials as stage presence, making a proper entrance, and calming a sweating microphone, he will also dish out tasty tidbits for building a career in comedy and landing roles. In 2011, two of Brad's students made their debuts on The Tonight Show.